It is with pride that we show support this year for the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) campaign during Anti-Bullying Week.
Anti-Bullying Week is widely showcased in schools across England every November with this years campaign being ‘Change Starts With Us’ starting Monday 11 November until Friday 15 November.
Whether it is verbal, physical, online or in-person, bullying has a significant impact on a child’s life well in to adulthood.
By making small, simple changes, we can break this cycle and create a safe environment for everyone. Because together, we can challenge bullying. Change starts with a conversation. It starts with checking in. It starts with work together.
One in ten children (11%) said they have missed school due to bullying. Even greater numbers have changed their route to school (14%) and nearly one in five (19%) have steered clear of spending time with friends to avoid being bullied.
A similar amount (19%) have avoided social media and online gaming because of bullying, underlining how being bullied as a child can have serious repercussions, often lasting well into adulthood.
This year, ABA have made it the goal to inform schools and settings, children and young people, parents and carers to know that it takes a collective responsibility to stop bullying.
This campaign aims to create empowering, positive messages addressing the fact that when it comes to bullying Change Starts With Us!
Tuesday 12 November marks ‘Odd Socks Day’ as part of the week as a way of celebrating what makes us all unique and that being different is not a problem.
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